Fish for trout of the highest calibre in Hardangervidda. Uvdal and Geilo in Hol make good bases for fishing adventures in Norway’s largest national park.
A myriad of fishing lakes, rivers and streams make Hardangervidda national park a wise choice for everyone who plans a fishing holiday in Norway – there is no trout about that! Apart from trout, you may get the odd char, minnow or whitefish on the hook.
Located on the eastern side of the park, Uvdal is Norway’s largest inland fishing municipality with countless rivers, lakes and ponds. Fishing in this area is steeped in history and tradition, and your visit is enhanced by the pristine nature with crisp mountain air, clear highland lakes and an extraordinary wildlife.
Another recommended starting point for highland fishing in Hardangervidda is Geilo in the municipality of Hol, where you are surrounded by magnificent nature and wildlife.
From when the snow melts (usually in early June) to 30 September.
In Norway, the national parks are always open – they are not fenced off and there are no entrance fees. Enjoying nature is considered a right since 1957, when the so-called Right of access (Allemansretten) was inscribed in Norwegian legislation. Hardangervidda was given national park status in 1981 and is the largest national park in the country.
See also fishspot.no for more information about fishing in the Hardangervidda region.
You can buy a fishing licence online at inatur.no or from local tourist offices and selected shops. The licence is valid for certain areas and lakes, so make sure you get the licence you need.
These are the fish species you are most likely to meet on your fishing trip to Hardangervidda, including their names in Norwegian, German and Latin.
Ørret (Salmo trutta)
Brown Trout | Forelle
Size: 18–80 cm.
Weight: 1–3 kg + 15 kg
Ørekyte (Phoxinus phoxinus)
Minnow | Elritze
Size: 8–12 cm
Weight: 100 gram - 2,5 kg
Røye (Salvelinus alpinus)
Char | Saibling
Size: 15-75 cm.
Weight: 100 gram -3 kg
Sik (Coregonus lavaretus)
Whitefish | Felchen
Weight: 300-400 gram
Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:
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